Orange Coast College has in the works a new planetarium that will include a device called a Foucault Pendulum. This new “science project” will demonstrate how the earth moves. It will be the only one in Orange County of it’s kind. The budget for this Pendulum is about $20 million.
The school has not had any updates for many years and thought it was about time to get their technology up to par. The goal was to peak the interests of science students and to let them see where their hard work can lead them.
One of the school’s retired faculty, Mary McChesney, has a huge heart and a huge bank account. She donated $1 million dollars to the project. Her donation was in honor of her partner, Adelyn Bonin, who died in January 2017. Adelyn, also a retired professor at the college taught German. Mary says she is looking to make the future of the college a little brighter. She wants the students and the faculty to be proud of the school and to feel like they are a part of something bigger.
The school has also received an additional $1.6 million in donations. Most of the budget will come from a 2012 Bond measure.
In addition to adding to the quality and overall aesthetics of the school, it will also serve to provide field trips for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Orange Coast College will be able to visit the school and look upon this marvel once it is complete.
The project is scheduled to be completed by fall semester 2018, thanks to the generosity of Mary McChesney and other people and companies who have donated money. Also, big thanks to Mary’s partner, Adelyn, who was the inspiration behind her generosity.
Adelyn must have been a wonderful person and I think I can safely say she has left a huge impression on the students she taught as well as Mary.
Mary has unselfishly given of her time and money so that others can benefit and their creativity and their imagination will live on through this project. It will be extraordinary and magnificent with completed.
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